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ID:     RIC_VII_178
Type:     Roman Imperial
Issuer:     Fausta
Date Ruled:     AD 307-326
Metal:     Gold
Denomination:     2 Solidi
Struck / Cast:     struck
Date Struck:     AD 324-325
Diameter:     28 mm
Weight:     8.86 g
Obverse Legend:     FLAV MAX_FAVSTA AVG
Obverse Description:     Mantled and bareheaded bust right with waved hair
Reverse Legend:     SPES REI_PVBLICAE
Reverse Description:     Empress (as Spes) standing facing, looking left,and holding two children in her arms.
Exergue:     SMT
Mint Mark:     SMT
Mint:     Ticinum
Primary Reference:     RIC VII 178 (this specimen mentioned)
Reference2:     Bastien, Donativa cf. 78, l (emissions Ticinum missing from the list)
Reference3:     Alföldi, Gold 199, 503 and pl 10, 153 (stgl.)
Reference4:     Gnecchi, Medaglioni I, 22, 3 (mentioned this copy and abgeb
Photograph Credit:     Munzen & Medaillen GmbH
Special Comments:     The other known copy of this hard emission is located in Brussels, Cabinet des Médailles, Bibliothèque Royale de Belgique and is from the same dies, it comes from the collection of Count Alberic du Chastel de la Howardries
Price Sold For:     140000 Swiss Franc
Date Sold:     16/12/2003
Notes:     (1) Munzen & Medaillen GmbH Auction 93: Lot No. 279 (2) Ex Collection Vicomte de Ponton d'Amécourt and Consul EF Weber, as well as from the auctions Feuardent & Rollin, Paris, 25.-04.30.1887, 700 ("Inédit Magnifique et de première rareté."; 3600th - francs) and J. Hirsch, Munich 24 (1909), 2608 ("first rank Cabinettstück Prachtexemplar FDC and of the highest rarity..";. 5,700 - Mark = 8110 - Franconia).